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August 10, 2009

SMART Modular Technologies launches new Xcel-10 SSD

Comes with ATA-7 Security Erase feature

By CBR Staff Writer

SMART Modular Technologies, a manufacturer of memory modules, solid-state drives, embedded computing subsystems, and TFT-LCD display products, has launched a new ruggedised version of its Xcel-10 solid-state drive (SSD).

According to SMART, the new rugged Xcel-10 SSD is optimised for defence and industrial applications where high shock, vibration, and temperature tolerances are important.

Featuring a SATA 3Gb/s interface, the new Xcel-10 is equipped with a higher operating temperature range of -40°C to 85°C, and environmental specifications of 50g operating shock and 16.4g operating vibration, the company said.

The Xcel-10 product line also includes the ATA-7 Security Erase feature for applications where data elimination is important. Both normal and enhanced Security Erase modes are provided to eliminate all user data on the drive when activated.

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Mark Dupaul, senior product marketing manager at SMART, said: “Since it supports both high sequential performance (measured in MB/s) and random I/O performance (measured in IOPS) in a ruggedised package, this new product is ideally suited for a wide range of applications, including flight data recording and rugged laptops. The Xcel-10 now meets the needs of land, sea, and air-based applications that require greater environmental durability and increased data security.

Offered in a 2.5 form factor, the rugged Xcel-10 SSDs are available in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities.

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